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American Pinball Houdini thread

By lllvjr

3 years ago

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Post #145 Houdini Pinball initial flyer Posted by HighProtein (3 years ago)

Post #184 Initial reveal at TPF Posted by SilverballNut (3 years ago)

Post #190 Introductory Price of Houdini Posted by 1iblind (3 years ago)

Post #198 Initial Pictures of Machine Posted by lllvjr (3 years ago)

Post #229 Playfield Close-Up Pics Posted by bigd1979 (3 years ago)

Post #284 Machine feature details Posted by rosh (3 years ago)

Post #312 More feature details Posted by rosh (3 years ago)

Post #385 Double switch lane picture Posted by pinballrockstar (3 years ago)

Post #420 Pinball show appearance schedule for Houdini Posted by rosh (3 years ago)

Post #434 Houdini pics from Allentown show Posted by PinballSTAR (3 years ago)

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#303 3 years ago

Super excited your bringing the magic to PAGG!
Look forward to playing it and perhaps buy it in the year to come.

#338 3 years ago

Did i mention how excited we all are to see this at PAGG on May 18th in Dixon Ca!
Also had good friend whisper in my ear sunday that he may be a distrubutor for American Pinball in the So Cal area!
Exciting times and congratulations is already due for how far you have come since expo in oct.

3 weeks later
#427 3 years ago

Im so excited to play this at PAGG!
Thank you for arranging it to be there.

#444 3 years ago

Cant wait to play this in 2 weeks at PAGG in Dixon.

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#567 3 years ago

Updates...we all love updates.
Weve heard shipping by Nov...
But when is full production line up and running and how many a week get made?
Fun details.

#594 3 years ago

Ut ohh, here goes the mad rush to find these.

Quoted from rosh:That figure is an action figure made by a company called Accoutrements

#595 3 years ago

Since I played this amazing game at Pin a Go Go a few weeks ago, couple things came to mind.
The topper;
Been thinking 1/6 scale water torture tank. Similar but athentic, to say walking dead topper but the tank. was early Friday morning of show, no ones around, ive been staring at this thing for 10 min...thinking.
"Its not even on, and I'm Sold"
"This is going to cost me money!"
Look forward to getting it, hoping by Christmas.

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#618 3 years ago
Quoted from nwpinball:

Northwest debut of Houdini this weekend at the show! Houdini will be in the Nitro Pinball booth

Any news Nitro..
Hows the Houdini reception?

#620 3 years ago

Yes, has Great tight shots and lots of them. This machine has combo's all over it. Looking forward to code developing by say, Expo in Oct.

Quoted from BorgDog:Has been a line at Houdini since the show opened, sometimes short, sometimes longish, but always somebody waiting to play. I played a couple (short cause I suck) games, looks good, lots of shots, cool stuff.

There was similar line all weekend at PAGG to.

#641 3 years ago

Thanks Rosh!
By end of the year.
That's what I heard strait from the source at PAGG, and they were saying the same thing at NWPS 2 weekends ago.
But, its ok, lets be patient and let them release a complete game, time tested, and complete code.
I will be buying one for sure. Yes id like it by christmas, but if its next spring, im ok with that to.
Lets have the team take there time and not hammer them if it takes longer.

#655 3 years ago
Quoted from Ricflair:

Where's the water torture figure? Wasn't that on there earlier?
That's his most-known trick. Gotta be prominent on the playfield. Please!
Maybe i just can't see it for some reason. But that's way more known than the milk container i am seeing on there.
Why another playfield with a "phone-looking" device? Don't recall this on earlier playfields. A lot of people don't care for that on "Dialed In' - why is it here too? I sure hope this doesn't beat out the water-torture figure from being there.

Its there. It is one of the modes that will show up in this display. The bezel on display looks a little like the tank, zoom in to see bolts.
DI Phone ruined this innovative idea. Star wars bezel is just black right now and really doesnt work. This Houdini is the best display and bezel ive seen. The Hobbit display qnd book is pretty good to.

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#684 3 years ago

I have my Houdini news!!
This will be the only NIB game i buy this year!!
I just hope its under my Christmas tree!
Santa, ive been a good boy this year.

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#686 3 years ago

Will Houdini be at Cal extreme in 2 weeks?

#699 3 years ago
Quoted from kermit24:

What is the latest with Houdini? Will it be shipping with the same layout shown at the shows like TPF and SFGE? Some of those shots seemed really tight to me.

Yes, there are tight shots. But, they flow great and are not hard to achive. Game plays awesome.

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#718 3 years ago
Quoted from PinballManiac40:

rosh Any chance you and Joe can bring a game to the Houston Arcade Expo Oct 20-21st?

So mamy shows!
Same weekend as pinball madness in banning CA. Would love to see it there, by then it will be close to shipping.

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#730 3 years ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

That is too awesome. Anybody know how many games they (or say JJP for comparison) make in a week? This will be my first potential NIB and I'm curious how fast they tend to come once you pay in full

IMO there is no hurry. I hope for quality sake its 5 games a week. The games are coming, they will be made. Let them finish code, work out the bugs and ship solid machines with no problems. Quality or quantity anyday.

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#738 3 years ago
Quoted from Kerry_Richard:

I can say, I'm really excited about this game. I played it many times at Pin-a-go-go (California).
I would (and will) buy this NIB, before another Stern NIB. Just sayin.

Im going to have to agree with Kerry.
Not only is it a georgous game, but it plays very well. My only NIB game this year.
Hope to have it for seance night on Halloween, nice tribute to Houdini.

#740 3 years ago
Quoted from Kerry_Richard:

I was in Las Vegas last week. I went into New York New York and they had a Houdini store there.
They had some really cool posters, and a half a dozen of authentic items locked in a glass display he used / wore (hand cuffs / large steel ball w/ shackle for leg / one old shoe and ankle lock that looked mid-eveil).

Houdini collectables is a whole thing!
Couple auctions Ive monitored in past stuff went for crazy prices. The problem is provenance. How does one really know. The master himself actually didnt keep good records or have good biographer keeping track. His wife ran so much and didnt have time. Ive been into magic and the industry since i was 10. 40 years now. Im in entertaimment by trade and have the pleasure to work for many big names. Also got to see secrete Copperfield collection once. So cool, he spends big bucks and has an agent for before mentioned auctions.

#750 3 years ago

Thanks for update Rosh.
I do hope catapult stays.

#753 3 years ago

I was told at pin a go go in may about the ramp on left going from plastic to metal and thought that was a great idea to improve visibility on that side. Also, in long run metal stronger than plastic. That's a great change and improvement.
Rosh, im not reading anything into your posts. We appreciate the updates.
To expand on Aurich comment above...I feel the news that does come out has been limited as to not create a Aliens debacle of false hope and promises.
Proud future owner of Houdini when its ready.

#770 3 years ago

We do need a organized list of Dealers that will offer these nationwide. A coast to coast list would be nice.
I dont think cointaker is on the Houdini list, i could be wrong.

#773 3 years ago

Thanks Joe! I know your a Great Business.
Just, its a Big country and theres bound to be somone pop up here in California.

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#778 3 years ago

Getting itchy ....
Cant wait for this, looking forward to these rolling off the line in a month or so.

#806 3 years ago
Quoted from rosh:

Because the place is under construction and a mess! More important is that we can't risk any secret stuff accidentally being captured in the background getting published. You know how you guys study photos looking for clues about stuff.
I promise you guys at some point in the not too distant future I will post some photos of the factory.

Rosh- Thanks for the updates. I appreciate it and im sure others do to. Its the little things that help build confidence for customers like myself. Good news that all is moving forward nicely and timely.

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#838 3 years ago
Quoted from cleland:

Looks like the left ramp will remain plastic? I thought there was talk of changing it to a wireform? No worries either way, the game is looking to be fantastic!

I thought and noticed the same thing.
Bummer, wire would have been better.

#842 3 years ago
Quoted from rosh:

While not as exciting as ramps, grabbed a quick pick of this when walking through the factory.

Nice bolts.
And thank you for discription of ramp. I believe i know what you mean, played the proto a bunch.

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#861 3 years ago
Quoted from rosh:

Was walking through the factory today, grabbed a couple of quick photos . . .
Given these bags of sand are half empty, the rest must be at the start of the line . . .

These huge pallets of color displays were being delivered, glad I'm not the one who has to break these down and put them in the parts cage, although some will go right to the back box line where they are needed.

PlaySand? From Home depot...Hummm. Hour glass best guess i could think of.
I like that in my mind.. I see my Display there on pallet, middle row front pallet.!
Love the updates, Thanks Rosh!

#872 3 years ago

Sand could be used for little tiny stage sandbags used for counter weight or line pics.
Also used to fill something for ballest.

#875 3 years ago
Quoted from vireland:

Putting REAL sand or silica in tiny bags is asking for trouble. They'd be better off with the plastic SHAPE of a full bag and putting THAT inside the bags to give the illusion of full bags.

Yes agreed. I was just having fun with the picture above that has us all guessing what the sand is for.
I dont think sand belongs any where near a pinball machine.

#876 3 years ago

Really hoping for Great news, pics and updates by this time next week following Expo

#884 3 years ago
Quoted from rosh:

Here are a few more photos I took today, legs, rails and some heads on the backbox line.

Rosh, hard to tell. Is it the same powder coat color we saw on proto's on tour?

#885 3 years ago

Pictures of armor above look black, the proto on tour had more of a pounded brass look. These pictures are of the Pagg game in May.

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#910 3 years ago
Quoted from rosh:

"parts porn', but here is a photo some of you have been waiting for . .

Love that wire! Nice improvement from proto machine.

#931 3 years ago

Whats your second station on assembly line?
This could be a fun game, until Houdini is finished.
Rosh, please give us updates this weekend for those of us that have to work and cant go.

#961 3 years ago

I was curious about attendence and turn out at expo this year. With every new update cant wait to get thos game. 3 more items to buy.
And side blades...with shipping this will hit 8k for me fast. Still, buying this over any stern!

#992 3 years ago
Quoted from rosh:

Here are some photos, as promised

Frickin thing is georgous!

#996 3 years ago

ROSH- Is it a "Micro playfield "?

#1047 3 years ago

Beautiful factory! Whats really great about it is that you only have to build it once. I know im in on this bad boy, its the next couple games im intersted to see by maybe expo next year??

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#1204 3 years ago

Any Distributors in Las Vegas, or the Los Angeles area?

#1229 3 years ago

Houdini Seance Night.
Will we hear from him?
What's the secret word?
One year from tonight when I have my game we will have a party or something, seance.
Happy Halloween Everybody.

#1253 3 years ago
Quoted from Aquapin:

Huge news! Seance worked last night, we were able to make contact with great Harry Houdini. However I think the message is meant more for American Pinball

My seance was similar...
Ouija board said order now!

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#1304 3 years ago
Quoted from greatwichjohn:

Winners in Canada have a Houdini puzzle padlock for under $13 CDN + Tax (clearance, about 50% off list price). Cool looking lock (metal?) with keys. It's some type of puzzle, & padlock is large. Bayers Lake in Halifax had 2 on the shelves before check out. link »

Funny, been watching that lock on ebay for several months, just haven't pulled the trigger.

#1306 3 years ago
Quoted from Aquapin:

I bought one of this from Ebay, was cheap ($2.79 shipped) and will be my keychain for the coin door. They also make them in copper and silver, but stuck with bronze to match the cabinet art.

Ebay link? Thanks

#1325 3 years ago

These reveiws are killing me. Frothing at the mouth. Was hoping by Christmas, but would rather wait for perfection. Im in, hopefully by 50 th birthday in April.

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#1639 2 years ago

So close.....i wanted one under the tree, but ill settle for a nice Valentine's gift.
JJ, please Answer phone on Wed when im able to give you a call. Your my closest distributor.

#1648 2 years ago
Quoted from hawkmoon:

Has any one ordered side rail art blades and shaker yet??? What are they charging for these,if at all???

...and Magic Glass? Cost??

#1654 2 years ago

Rosh- i was watching some video. Quick question. Overtime when Im done with instructions for shots, will we be able to turn those off? Much like the giggling thats been discussed?
Happy Holidays and a very successful New Year for the AP team!

#1700 2 years ago
Quoted from GAP:

» YouTube video

Shucks, video not working on either thread.

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#1788 2 years ago

No magic glass or sideblades yet.
I think there a couple weeks out still.

#1834 2 years ago
Quoted from transprtr4u:

In the factory photos , what is the difference between a HOU1234 and a HOU1234D

Good question.
Also saw a 1008 and 1016. Is this the numbering in production order?

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#1967 2 years ago

Let's just say this jpop/deeproot shit would have never made this beautiful, working, API Houdini!

1 week later
#2043 2 years ago

Any update on what you choose for a match sequence?
Also, i know it doesnt have one yet....but will you write code for a knocker?
Love knockers, lets me know i did good, pavlov feeling of accomplishment.

#2066 2 years ago

Got this Framed up today.

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#2093 2 years ago
Quoted from beatmaster:

pretty sure modders outhere will be working on it, myself included.

We are going to need shooter housing mod for this one! How about a color changing version?
Personally, keeping my mod secret, its a one off for me only, but large in scale.
But ill share this i found. Key fob, maybe cover for the AP sticker at top of head.

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#2189 2 years ago

Played about 6 games at Ayci Gogi on Sat night. What an amazing game, all aspects. Display, theme, video clips and animations, cabinet, playfield, shots, call outs, that trunk shot is just damn fun.
So happy ive ordered one!

#2272 2 years ago

Panzer, nice review, Thanks.
Im about 10 days out from getting mine.
The excitment builds.

#2277 2 years ago
Quoted from beatmaster:

Got my houdini for little more than a week now.
Can anyone tell me what's your coil setting for the upper catapult? for the past 30 games or so it doesn't make it, most of the time it just hit the upper entrance/ring and falls back down on the plastics or in the orbit, i know someone said something about it not too long ago.

Does it have the famous shooter housing mod yet? What color?

#2280 2 years ago
Quoted from transprtr4u:

Had the same issue , put a 1/4 spacer to lift up the wire form now works flawlessly. Mine was always hitting the top of the form ...

Could you post a pic of this, area? Thanks

#2285 2 years ago
Quoted from vireland:

Or just use a taller hex standoff to begin with.

That was my next question. Whats the height of that hex post?

#2303 2 years ago
Quoted from BarryJ:

Yes we are both here to help!

Thanks Barry, welcome to pinside.

#2388 2 years ago
Quoted from RichieWrench:


Did you order a Houdini Richie?

#2398 2 years ago

Rosh- Never heard or saw. Did you come up with a match sequences? Then future programming for a knocker?

#2429 2 years ago

Arcade Expo ready for the Show!

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#2435 2 years ago
Quoted from Kerry_Richard:

Eric... That looks SWEET!

More to come tomorrow. Artwork and displays.

#2439 2 years ago

Arcade Expo 4.0 in Banning open for weekend!

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#2446 2 years ago

Im game 90, and it was born on March 6th, shipped the 8th. Arrived on 14th, 48 hours later at banning show for 3 days.
Will see how many plays we can get on this bad boy.

#2451 2 years ago
Quoted from hawkmoon:

I hope Houdini makes it to the Golden State PF at Lodi!! We had a chance to play 2 balls on Houdini at PAGG last year!! Maybe that was the pin that broke the flipper rubber! No complete code at that time,ergo only 2 ball play!!Was fun then!!

#2461 2 years ago
Quoted from PinballManiac40:

American Pinball seminar at TPF starting shortly.

Thanks Paul. Ill have to you tube that later.
Arcade Expo Houdini non stop playing since we opened yesterday. I cant even get a game in on my own machine. Always a line!

#2473 2 years ago
Quoted from Jamaster10:

Come to the Pincades
Booth @ the Ohio Pinball Show Starts Thursday 3-22-18
Jesse T

Have a Great Show! There will be a line the whole weekend.
Michael Gottlieb stopped by and waited in line 30 min to play, average wait at 3 day Banning show was about 20 min.
On his first and only game he got 336,480!
He loved the game, looks, theme, cabinet, georgous playfield. He loved the shots.
He was happy to hear Joe Balcer was working for AP, and Josh and his amazing programming.

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#2510 2 years ago
Quoted from transprtr4u:

Emailed Jay from IPDB ... Houdini now registered on site....

Good call, surprised it wasnt already there.

#2518 2 years ago
Quoted from WW2GURU:

You can by a convertor online. Plug one end in the wall and the other to the machine.

I thought several months ago Rosh commented that Euro power was coming after production was up and running. I think in a few months Wayne will be getiing a container full of magic.

#2529 2 years ago
Quoted from bemmett:

But the version that will come to us buyers is the NEW version not the old one then? There isn't some excess stock of "old version" going to be dumped on us?

Pretty sure you read it wrong. The 2 sample sheets you will never see. The new, and only version didnt arrive in time for TPF.

#2558 2 years ago
Quoted from Kerry_Richard:

I certainly hope Houdini playfields aren't switched to another vendor. The ones I've seen are beautiful, solid and amazing! I'm also saying this bcuz; I'm a future buyer of Houdini. Seems like a fair amount of time down the road and wouldn't want to get a different manufacture company's PF.
I'm very concerned with quality of others PF companies. Especially with issues noted with ghosting, planking and now a lot of noise about ribbing. Those PF's look BAD!

This playfield is amazing. Smooth as glass after 1000 balls in my machine. Demo Sterns from Banning show were showing signs of bumps after 300 plays. Everyone at show, some new stern demo owners loved the glass off , playfield up demo for techs on Sunday morning we had.

#2561 2 years ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

does the game come with coin mechs installed? If not then which coin mechs should I order for it?

Comes with fully loaded coin door!

#2564 2 years ago
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:

Comes with fully loaded coin door!

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#2572 2 years ago

400 plus plays. No wear any where. I have glass off right now.

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#2581 2 years ago
Quoted from konjurer:

? I'm guessing that there are a lot of Houdini's with Pinstadiums that are running into this issue.

I don't think Houdini needs it personally. Bright white GI throughout, the back strip light for rear of game. Playing it at night, I feel its pretty bright.

#2582 2 years ago

Been on machine all day. Playing, programming, and adding a few accents of flair.
Added some metal copper gears to lane returns and lower slings. I think it looks factory.

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#2586 2 years ago
Quoted from Kerry_Richard:

Eric... I agree that looks really tasteful! Not too much, subtle and sharp! Nicely done!

Thanks Kerry!
Got your PM, will contact you tomorrow.
It bothers me, I still need to hammer coat and make nuts and bolts copper.

#2608 2 years ago
Quoted from adamross:

Can’t cut a break with the scoop shooting balls SDTM. I’ve tried adjusting coil strength but less than 6 it doesn’t get out of the scoop, over 6 it’s either SDTM or left flipper.

Did you try loosing mech from underneath and a slight turn to adjust?

#2613 2 years ago
Quoted from adamross:

Thanks Eric, but I’m not sure what you mean.

Vireland said it best.

Quoted from vireland:

Life the playfield, loosen the screws holding the scoop assembly, turn the scoop so it faces a smidge more towards the apron, then tighten the screws again while holding the new position of the scoop in place.

Quoted from Yelobird:

6.5 degrees for perfection and owners are using a different angle?

Game is supposed to be 6.5. Out of box all leg levelers all the way up.

#2616 2 years ago
Quoted from VividPsychosis:

Don’t you mean all the down? I dunno I have mine raised a bit from stock. Just habit I suppose but I do like my games playing fast.

Well...i guess i could word it better.
Leg levelers scrwed all the way up, not out...thus leg levelers as close to leg bottom as possible.

Quoted from Yelobird:

Good tip thanks. That will help should I receive my games some day. lol Makes sense at 6.5

You will get your game soon i suppose as soon as its made. The wait is based on when you put deposit in.
The AP gang tried to make this game out of box as easy as possible. Thus the design of out of box, leg levelers up, they come out of box this way, then game should be damn close to 6.5. Now if you have carpet or such, may have to make small adjustment.

#2620 2 years ago
Quoted from ZEUS:

Curious if others are seeing this ?

Wondering if your flipper strength is to high?
I have not seen this, 460 games into my machine.

#2703 2 years ago
Quoted from vireland:

One of the balls you see in the stage is "an illusion". It's not a loose, playable ball, but part of the assembly and the "magic".

Its a bummer to share that magic, but indeed fake ball there in mech.
You can see it in test mode by opening curtain and run that coil in test.

#2705 2 years ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

I really liked the use of magnets in the theatre of magic as far as the spirit ring and magic trunk effect.
Anything like that planned for Houdini?
Don't get me wrong I'm all in on Houdini, can't wait to get mine maybe before xmas.

Ive been seeing some neat magnet action on ball from the hands from time to time, swirling, hard toss, they work great. In seance ive had some mean ball drains from lower magnet, but thats pinball.

#2719 2 years ago
Quoted from rosh:

I expect to button it up and start some 'field testing' by end of next week. Hard part is drawing a line in the sand and stopping adding/fixing/modifying things. Maybe if you guys stopped asking for stuff I'd be able to do that.

Thank you for making the game great.
I think on behalf of all current owners, and future buyers....we dont mind if you update and improve for years ro come. Same as Jersey Jack does. No Pressure.
I personally would love for the knocker option in future update. Not hard to buy standard Bally/ Williams knocker and run a couple wires and install. Or perhaps this is an item and kit available in the AP shop in future.

#2743 2 years ago

API is doing an amazing job getting these made each week at a steady pace. Another batch went out this week and more pinsiders will be posting next week about it.

#2751 2 years ago
Quoted from bemmett:

Any quick checklist of items to check or adjust that are common on unboxing?

When you open top of box you will see yellow paperwork with instructions.
Everyone does an unboxing different.
I like to lay the whole box down and lay a couple packing blankets under box and area it will slide out on to. Open coin door and pull out onto blanket. I was lucky and had a few friends on hand. Group had been waiting for days and had a unboxing party.
There's a data east style hex wrench/key, this locks head. Only one cable harness from head to lower cab. No head bolts. The lock is a great idea borrowed from long ago.
Remove glass, there's some foam in pops and trunk, remove. Turn on!
Go to menu, eject balls, go to coil Settings, set trunk catapult power. Comes at 25 factory, out of box i only had to move it to 26.
Button it up, press start!
Enjoy....deep rules, tough game, still kicking my ass with personal couple hundred games in.

#2758 2 years ago
Quoted from JIM_Z:

The developing reputation has me thinking of canceling my order......I'm an average player at best and don't think frustration equals fun.

That would be a mistake.
Ive owned a lot of pinballs, this is perhaps one of the best ever. Everthing gets easier with practice.

#2788 2 years ago
Quoted from pinden007:

is there a 'match' when the game is over?

Not yet, coming soon. ~~~~fin~~~~

#2867 2 years ago

Based on numbers guys are posting, and ive been tracking and on this from first ship. AP is doing amazing things here. Id say average build is 20-25 a week.
I was also in from day 1 Pin-a-go-go last may and got mine March 15th, day before Banning show, just in time to take it. That was almost 10 months wait.
If your even on the fence send your $250 deposit to dealer of choice and get in line now. Something comes up, cant afford balance when you get the call. All dealers nationwide offering refund of said deposit.
This game is amazing, challenging, unique, solid build, fun, fun, fun!
Ive been staying up way to late last couple weeks getting in 10-20 games a night. Hard to turn off and go to bed.

#2868 2 years ago
Quoted from Ericc123:

Machine number 150 just got delivered. I work until 9PM tonight so this day is going to be brutal.

You are going to be tired tomorrow.
Lets see home by 930, unboxing 30-60 min, test catapult, set strength. 10-20 games, post on pinside, now its midnight at best. Have fun!

#2884 2 years ago
Quoted from Ericc123:

Could anyone who has a machine post some pictures of the sound box for me. My game had no sound whatsoever but I’m fairly certain this super bass box is unpowered. I can’t find any lose cords to plug into it to get it power.

Your power switch is turned off on amp in picture. And check those knobs/pots, they are either on blast mode, or turned all the way down. The red light should be eluminated on amp.

#2887 2 years ago
Quoted from Ericc123:

It’s not the switch I’ve tried it both ways. The red light won’t light up either way it’s not getting power.

Amp has a power cord. I know, dumb to say, but did you check that power cord? Both ends?
You want red light on.

#2922 2 years ago
Quoted from MT45:

. Also got an email back from Barry at API on this Saturday night at almost 9pm to help me trouble shoot it. (these guys ARE AMAZING!)

Barry is top notch guy.
This whole AP team are taking this to the next level.

#2933 2 years ago
Quoted from bobukcat:

Pretty damned excited to join the owner's club, even better because it was a surprise birthday present from my wife! Have to give AP major props for the way they pack this game in the box, very, very well done. Have to adjust a few things here and there but so far I'm very happy other than having to figure out how to hit some of these shots!

Congratulations on best Birthday Gift ever!
What number did you get?

#2963 2 years ago
Quoted from bobukcat:

My apologies if this has already been mentioned but one thing I would love to see added to software is a visual cue when the scoop is getting ready to eject the ball. This is pretty common on some other games and with the proximity to the flippers, the very real chance it's headed toward the middle and not one of the flippers and the fact the ball can come from one of three places (scoop, loop lock or shooter lane) really makes it difficult to handle scoop ejects during MB. Flashing the arrow insert rapidly right before it ejects would be a welcome aid.

Good idea. Over a couple hundred games now and Ive just taught myself to listen foe scoop. But an added visual would help.
Also important to point out that code is roughly at 90%. Josh is working on it all day, everyday, even weekends if i add it up correctly. Many great things are still coming.

#2988 2 years ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

Is the amp easily accessible? Those settings would be sufficient for just about anything.
From what I understand its buried in the backbox and the screen has to be removed to get to it?
Or can it be relocated?

Screen only needs removing if your hooking up a sub. The controls you see Barry holding are pointed up, so when backglass is off you see those adjustment pots. Easily reachable. With amp being in back box, i just went with a few backglass off games and made it to my liking. However, the settings shipped out were plenty good out of the box.

#2990 2 years ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

That's excellent news! I think I will definitely add the sub as well as a headphone jack to this game.
I really hope that some cool tricks with the magnets are going to be added to the code as Im replacing my Theatre of Magic with Houdini. I love the magnet tricks in ToM..... Its Magic!

I forgot to mention there is a master volume on coin door controls like every other Bally/Williams.
In the long run if youve had your TOM more than a couple years, you wont regret the upgrade to Houdini. Much more to do and master.
On a side not about subwoofers, thats todays project!

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#2997 2 years ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

see a lot of guys adding subwoofers on the floor below their games.
Is it possible to add a sub inside the game (im just thinking aloud now...)?

No hole in bottom of cabinet. Where your used to seeing that speaker is just pretty cabinet. Personally i dont want to drill it. But you could, add a grill, and inside cabinet sub.

#2999 2 years ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

Sounds like an opportunity to use my giant hole saw
The little rusty gears in my head are starting to spin lol.

It will need 5 or 6 inch hole saw, or template and slow hand jig saw or panel saw after good 1 inch pilot hole.
Advantage if can hook up more than one pinball machine. Add a inline switcher from Frys for $25. Just click to one of 4 pins. Less dust and no vacume needed.

#3001 2 years ago

Picture of amp in backbox.

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#3012 2 years ago

It is a tight backglass, but it gives me comfort its in there secure. This Backglass is nice work of Art.

#3064 2 years ago
Quoted from mbelofsky:

My Houdini arrived. Opened box in front of driver. Looks good. About to bring downstairs. Mine was assembled April 2018 so assume just a few days ago and number 1171.

Congrats! Welcome to the club. I got mine March 14th, #90. So 80 games in 4 weeks. Like ive said before, 20-25 games made a week and production continues to accelerate!
Officially, more Houdini's made than TNA i believe and they've had twice as long.
So kudos to American pinball.

#3083 2 years ago

Rip Harry Anderson. Great magician and teacher of magic. Kind soul. Playing Houdini for you tonight.

#3092 2 years ago
Quoted from thewool:

This game was on my want list but my first experience was not a great one. Are all of these machines playing the same way? Could setup have something to do with it?

Set up has a lot to do with it. Every coil including flippers you can control strength with in settings. Mine is playing great. I have played another that hadn't had a lot of attention to settings and several aspects of it needed tweaking. Some operators are more dedicated than others.
I wouldnt let one on route set your opinion on game. In time you'll have a chance at another, id wait for a final opinion.
In the mean time, place a deposit with your local distributor, when you get home set it up to your liking.

#3155 2 years ago

Just updated successfully. It will go to red writing that says updating. Then ypu get tbe green pictured above.

#3176 2 years ago
Quoted from vireland:

I don't think I've seen the pirate pull! I'll add it to the list. Be funnier if it pulled the cut jjPotC playfield map rings out.

There will probably be one last or two code updates. Plenty of time to get that in.

#3180 2 years ago
Quoted from LTG:

On the Dialed In ? Looks like the CE topper.
LTG : )

Lloyd, did you mean MB? that a hint?

#3207 2 years ago
Quoted from beatmaster:

thanks for the kind words Lou, I'm glad you like it.
Hey, nice keychain.

The shooter Rod is awesome. Enjoyed mine for over a month now. The black shroud decals Rock as well! Thank you!

#3233 2 years ago
Quoted from BladeFury:

Never paid attention that my start button doesn't even light up....checked bulb and good... any ideas where problem may be? Remember reading somewhere about a dip switch caused this on another game?
Thx for any help

Don't know if this will help. But here's a pic of the back of the button and wires.

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#3235 2 years ago
Quoted from transprtr4u:

There will be a third ... Dan from Tilttoppers is making one as well!

I just remembered. My game came with mini topper in coin box!

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#3242 2 years ago
Quoted from LTG:

Fat 32
Instructions in the manual page 6-1, you can download the latest version here :
LTG : )

2 GB is a big enough usb stick.

Quoted from bobukcat:Cool, looks like there's one in my goodie bag too, haven't opened it yet. Speaking of that, what's the board with the switches and ribbon cable in there for? I noticed it when unboxing and I think I've read the answer somewhere but I'm feeling too lazy to look for it right now.

You just got your game a week ago right?
That could be a secondary power supply board for the transformer. You should send an email to Barry tomorrow and see if there is instructions for it.

#3251 2 years ago
Quoted from BladeFury:

That's how mine looks. .. any chance you could get me pics of boards on side of machine dip switches?

Done. Picture is strait forward as you look at left to right.

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#3252 2 years ago

Check the board to the right. Lower left connector. You just may have a loose wire here. Or that upper right connector. But you wouldnt have lights on coin door either.

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#3253 2 years ago

I never mentioned the amazing attention to detail under playfield. Beautifully crafted, wire harness, assemblies, and every coil has a socket molex connector, no soldering.
Just clean and nice in cabinet.

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#3258 2 years ago
Quoted from MT45:

Pulled my PF up and yanked the fuse out ... it says

T4AL 250V

Confirmed, the shorter version.

Everyone else's second fuse holder empty?

#3273 2 years ago
Quoted from vireland:

Powdercoating the service rails was also wasted money. It looks fantastic, but it's not durable, so it ends up looking much rattier than a regular steel set of service rails with chips and scratches in the coating pretty quickly. More heavy-duty service rails with no powder coating would have been better.

Haven't had time to comment on this one.
Day one, unboxing several pinheads from my area were over for the big day. Service rails came right up on topic in first 15 min game was plugged in while we were under hood checking things out. Why would they do this (AP)? Immediately an operator here in so cal for many, many years commented how smart that was...SAFETY YELLOW. Now he commentented how many times he's bumped his head on these rails for years.
Never had a second thought about them and think it was a smart thing to do.
They were powder coated for safety. Durability I don't think is an issue, there service rails, i actually think they are pretty durable and I have no flaking paint or scratches on mine.

#3279 2 years ago
Quoted from Yelobird:

Sooooo close! After 10 months of waiting I Believe this is the week I Finally get my Houdini's!! Urika! I have a chalk outline on the floor waiting for his arrival and the Escelara is all charged up for the decent. Just waiting on the green light from Joe at PinballStar!

Let's all text Joe at 3am and get this game to you now. Worth the wait Modfather.

#3283 2 years ago
Quoted from Yelobird:

First off Love that idea and intend to text him just for fun all evening with Every game played. Second, while honored the ModFather is the Man and in a league of his own. Not me. Love his stuff very much!!

Oops, my apologies!
Just reading fast, Freudian slip.
Your both great Mod couple too!

#3284 2 years ago
Quoted from LTG:

First thing I thought of. For safety. In home or on location.
LTG : )

I've had way to many pinball injuries to count.
I appreciate the safety yellow service rails.

#3344 2 years ago
Quoted from CUJO:

No I did not. Are you telling me I need to UP the settings?
The Ball Scoop eject has been working perfectly. The balls that get stuck are ricochets from other places.

Not to speak for Barry, but ive spoken with Barry several times.
Over setting the flippers can cause serious ricochet' flippers above 23.
I suggest out of box set flippers to 30 games and up by 1 if need be. Never really a need to go above 22.

#3375 2 years ago
Quoted from jesselee72:

Hey all, just got my Houdini today, it's Dead on Arrival, I'm sure it's something simple but does anybody have some simple things to check first? Thanks much

To add to LTG.
See if the black power cord fits securly to back of cabinet.
There is also a fuse at power box inside coin door. Check and see if it is firmly connected, twisted in, clockwise.

#3398 2 years ago

The polk 10" powered subwoofer is a nice upgrade.

#3400 2 years ago

Mod couple...( Got it right this time)
Congrats on your new game.
What numbered machines did you get?
Think I see Hou1208? And?...
Wow....So amazing American Pinball!
Do i count 100 machines shipped in April?

#3407 2 years ago
Quoted from Rferullo:

Houdini arrives today!!! Any suggestions or things to check before I start playing?

There is a set of instructions when opening box. Pretty plain forward like most unboxings.
Leg levelers should start all the way up, screwed up touching legs.
If your on carpet check your pitch, ideal is 6.5 deg.
Glass off, eject balls, go to menu, first screen, all the way to right, select, coin door open , pull interlock switch out, hit start, all 6 balls should come out. My game shipped with balls in through.
Now go to coils in settings. Hand feed ball into lower catapult, check to see how balls go into trunk. Adjust by 1, up or down depending on how it goes in, or no adjustment if good.
Place all 6 balls in through. It far right button twice, game will go in to attract.
Play and have fun all day, pump up the volume.
Oh, put glass back on.

#3408 2 years ago
Quoted from PinballTilt:

I'm out of the club. Houdini was not the right game for me. Fortunately it was easy to trade it for something else. American Pinball, you guys are great though and I wish you the best.

That quick!
Sorry it didnt work, glad trade was easy.

Quoted from hawkmoon:

OK,lots of second thoughts going on! Whats the deal??Are the shots just to tight? I've heard about the flow,some saying its slow go and requires you to hit targets in sequence? PinballTilt is out,any thoughts??

Hawkmoon. Cant speak for pinballtilt but game is challenging, ie Woz is best example. Combination of shots to earm modes. 25 modes in total with some mini wizard modes.
Shots are tight, but not that tight, all doable with a little practice and feel for flow. Yes my first 20 or so games were drain monsters but over past month and half Ive only enjoyed the game more and more.
With any game some arent for all.
Example, not a fan of Medieval madness, but some swear by it. Im not a WCS 94 fan based on theme, ok to play, but wouldnt buy one.
Always play a game before purchasing perhaps best advice.

#3421 2 years ago

Well, hows it going? Been playing all day?

#3423 2 years ago
Quoted from konjurer:

API Grand Theater Stickers are awesome! Well worth the $30. Beatmaster also threw in a Houdini poster magnet that looks great on the coin door.

Agreed, they are a great cover to the black box.

#3433 2 years ago
Quoted from HOOKED:

Anyone else noticed the naked girl in the window on the center plastic? Noted it today when i was toying with a mod placement.

No, but now Im going to look as soon as I get home.
Mods eyy, center plastic?
What do I get if I guess it?

#3456 2 years ago

Still amazed with what comes out of that magic shop.

#3500 2 years ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

Aah that makes sense! Thanks guys. Darn it, now I need to wait until I get home!!

Same thing happened to me. Since your there loosing those 3 screws. Take a moment and bend the bracket towards the backboard a little. Now when you tighten it all back up you will get that extra pinch to hold that Led strip shield on better.

#3525 2 years ago
Quoted from rosh:

Talk about white glove service

Wow, Ill say. I dont see this option at check out to add to cart. American pinball continues to step it up a notch.

#3526 2 years ago
Quoted from hawkmoon:

Well,hopefully,JJ at GEX will be contacting me soon!!!Hard waiting and watching you guys rip it up

JJ will hook you up soon. Call him and have him delivery and set up before Golden State pinball show.

#3539 2 years ago
Quoted from vireland:

You can't just slide a piece of paper or business card between the opto and the channel while in switch test mode? That's what I usually do.

I could swipe my finger through it.

#3541 2 years ago
Quoted from vireland:

Not knowing where the opto was, I assumed that would be hard if it's inside the subway pressed against the underside of the PF. I know for the ones by the scoop on the right using paper to trigger them is easiest.

Your way is good to. There is a good air gap between subway and playfield. Opto is about 4 inches down hill from the trunk hole and divertor.

#3585 2 years ago

Been working on this for a month.
Hope you all like it.

Archived after 88 days
Sold (amount undisclosed)
Contributed to Pinside
Mod - For Sale
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#3588 2 years ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

Oh man.. that looks fantastic! My wallet hates you

2 Style's available. On bottom Arch under the"All Seeing Eye", it either says Houdini or Oracle.
Some have suggested the game says Houdini to much. Thus, I came up with the Oracle.

#3592 2 years ago
Quoted from beatmaster:

nice work Eric. can't wait to try it out.

Thanks Bob.
That's a huge compliment coming from you.
Love my shooter rod and API Theater decals!

#3620 2 years ago

I have early production game #90. Im able to hit all skill shot targets. Now getting the skill shot is another story.
Soft plunge is the key. To much strength on plunge and it adds a velocity that is impossible to control.

#3623 2 years ago
Quoted from rosh:

As far as Barry’s other comment about no “variable skill shot” clearly he and production are not reading what has been on the white board in my office for months, then again, with my handwriting…

Thats funny. Barry is a busy guy..that and you keep the door locked to your office with a sign that says no Barry and Joe B.

#3662 2 years ago
Quoted from billsfanmd:

Any way to buy a large Houdini pin poster? Would love one next to the pin when I get one.

I bought, framed and LED'd the translite.

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#3664 2 years ago
Quoted from vireland:

Yellow leds will probably look better than white for the colors in the translite.

It actully is color changing and goes thru whole spectrum. There is a few points going from red to orange and blue to green where it appears that the stage and Houdini are 3D.

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#3679 2 years ago

Super soft plunge?
Have you tried moving to a brown shooter spring, low tension?

#3701 2 years ago
Quoted from pinden007:

My coin door is a little wobbly and I have to lift up to close the door.

Open door and check every bolt.
Something is loose.

#3711 2 years ago
Quoted from JIM_Z:

looks like its all in the hinge...

Personally I just remove the coin box all-together. Home use don't need it.
Flippers at 21 is a good Landing point.

#3714 2 years ago

Carpet can be tricky. The machine sinks in after a couple days. So yes, being on carpet means you may have to raise rear legs a litlle to get to 6 deg.

#3723 2 years ago
Quoted from pinden007:

I thought someone said that the levelers should be all the way down on all 4.

Wrong way to say it. The leg levelers should be screwed all the way up touching the bottom of the leg. No screw threads showing.

#3737 2 years ago
Quoted from rosh:

For those who don't follow Nitro on Facebook, you need to check this out. This is a guy who knows how to make his Houdini Pinball machine feel at home.
I thought Rdoyle78 had a really nice setup, but this guy took it up a notch.
Also love that it is his first machine.

WOW! That Cage is amazing! Current Mod winner for sure if AP has a competition Going. Send that Guy a T-Shirt!

#3764 2 years ago
Quoted from hoby1:

Ive spent hours....

Im wondering if from factory you had this inset for the guide? , notch in the wood rail?
I also have no problems hitting all 3 skill shot targets.

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#3771 2 years ago

Im a few days behind. Cant wait to get my shaker this week.

#3774 2 years ago
Quoted from vireland:

Art blade already torn?

Yup- There all beat up. What happens when your modding your game, demo parts. Playfield been pulled out and up more than most I'm sure.
I don't like to use the word torn, I call them character marks to match the Steampunk feel. Have them on both sides.
I can't blame design or cabinet. Besides, they were to new and shiny anyway.
Figured when I'm done customizing in a year I'd get new one's.

#3782 2 years ago
Quoted from hawkmoon:

SO,now we have to redo the shooter lane guide!!! And try to set the catapult at the right power! And this is ok with all of you?? No,sorry.I'm not up to rebuild a brand new pin any more! After GB node board failure,B66LE broke in box,I'm looking for a pin that works right at least new in box!! I guess pinball manufactors don't give a shit how there product is presented! Gonna have to rethink if I want a pin to work on,or,just play!!!!This isn't it

Hawkmoon- I get what your saying but its not like what you describe.
The catapult is just part of set up. Between your floor, leg levelers, pitch, in-line power stenght...there is a lot of physics going on to throw that ball into trunk. Each coil is adjustable on this pin. Much like the JJP design its to our benefit to control coil strength.
Sure, I've had a few switches get loose. But every problem Ive come across has been minor. Easy fixes.
The shooter lane topic. If you read back what you see with that modification that person is in the minority. Most everyone can hit the 3 targets from shooter lane. He took his idea and was convinced that was the fix.
This is no stern..., period, mic drop, etc..
AP has churned out a quality product that is very impressive.
Also reading back I see mostly satisfied customers. These are mechanical devices, things will break.
My post reflects that I have been an early beta tester to tell the factory minor tweaks. I given Barry several ideas to say, hey do this, do that. He has been very receptive and its only to make your unboxing a pleasant experience. I think you will be happy with your game.
You have my number, call me with any questions when you get your game.

#3868 2 years ago
Quoted from pinden007:

Is it possible to have both return from beyond and escape death lit at the same time? I thought that was the case last night (via 2nd seance jackpot and magic shop visit) and when the ball drained over the escape death, I didn't get a change to escape death - I died.

I've seen them both lit, but i drained down the middle.

#3870 2 years ago
Quoted from hoby1:

R U sending buyers that have one a manual. All we got was a little guide

Ask your distributors. I think Joe pinball star said something about that few months back.

#3891 2 years ago
Quoted from WW2GURU:

Who did you order it from? AP or your dist?

American Pinball website. Click store, cart it up and paypal. Super easy. $99 plus shipping.

#3905 2 years ago

Just for fun. The 6 ball conundrum.

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#3916 2 years ago

Weekend bump for my Planchette mod.
Two versions available; "Houdini" or "Oracle", on bottom arch.
See my marketplace ad and thread, or just PM me.
Thanks Eric

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#3918 2 years ago
Quoted from rosh:

There are no Zs in the machine so I can not fully endorse this mod

There is one "Z" now.

#3919 2 years ago

Do theze count?
Leslie and Paul.

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